Catch up on all the latest news from Penguin Books Australia including award winning authors, illustrators, designers, publishers and other publishing industry and book related news.
Congratulations to our talented team of designers, illustrators and authors on their success at the 61st annual Australian Publishing Associations Book Design Awards. Held at held at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, it was a grand night for Penguin with our stunning book cover designs winning eight of the eleven categories as follows:
Best Designed Children’s Fiction
- The Children of the King – cover & internal design by Marina Messiha
Best Designed Children’s Non-Fiction
- Sophie Scott Goes South – cover & internal design by Tony Palmer
Best Designed Children’s Series
- Australian Children’s Classics – cover & internal design by Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Children’s Picture Book
- The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book – cover & internal design by Kirby Armstrong and Tom Jellett
Best Designed General Illustrated
- Things I Love – cover & internal design by Evi Oetomo
Best Designed Specialist Illustrated
- The Essential Leunig: Cartoons from a Winding Path – cover design by Adam Laszczuk and Michael Leunig, & internal design by Adam Laszczuk
Best Designed Children’s Cover
- The Dreadful Fluff – cover & internal design by Elissa Webb and Aaron Blabey
The Best Designed Book of the Year
- Things I Love – cover & internal design by Evi Oetomo
And congratulations to Evi Oetomo who is the 2013 APA Book Design Awards Young Designer of the Year.
Lydia Davis has won the International Man Booker Prize for 2013 for her book The Collected Stories.
Penguin Australia is proud to take the Penguin School of Popular Writing to Sydney. This exclusive one-day seminar for aspiring writers of commercial fiction is Saturday 27 July 2013. Learn from industry-leading insiders Ali Watts (Associate Publisher at Penguin), Belinda Byrne (Commissioning Editor at Penguin), Carol George (from Penguin’s digital imprint, Destiny Romance), award-winning Australian author Fiona McIntosh and popular Australian author Steve Worland about what it takes to make a bestseller – and how you can write one yourself.
With a particular focus on Commercial Fiction, this will be an inspiring and informative day-long seminar for anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes in the book world.
This exclusive one-day seminar is on Saturday 27 July 2013 at the Chemical Sciences M11 Lecture Theatre, University of New South Wales, High Street, Kensington. For registration, booking information and fees visit Penguin School of Popular Writing.
For further information contact General Publishing at Penguin.
We are proud to announce Sylvia Day, author of the international bestselling Crossfire Series will be visiting Australia in June. Sylvia will meet and greet fans on her first ever Australian visit at the following locations. Please note signing events are open to the general public and bookings are not required.
Monday 10 June
At: Big W Macarthur, Brisbane
Address: Elizabeth St, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Tuesday 11 June
At: Dillons Norwood Bookshop, Adelaide
Address:166 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067
Friday 14 June
At: Dymocks, Melbourne CBD
Address: 234 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
At: Collins Booksellers, Fountain Gate Melbourne
Address: Level 2, 352 Princess Highway, Fountain Gate, VIC 3805
Thursday 20 June
At: Dymocks George Street, Sydney CBD
Address: 424 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
At: Dymocks Penrith, Sydney
Address: Shop 145 Westfield, Penrith, NSW
Best Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures)
Congratulations to Aaron Blabey, winner of the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature ($30,000) in the 2013 NSW Premier’s Awards for his acclaimed picture book, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon, published by Viking.
Prior to writing full-time Anna trained as an international and human rights lawyer, and continues to pursue her interest in justice, frequently speaking in public on issues from free speech to the rights of both citizens and non-citizens (refugees). Her main interests are in balancing the rights and freedoms of individuals with our collective responsibilities to each other, and with the role of courage and compassion in civil society.
“I’m inspired by people of conscience and courage; this is reflected in my books, which are about people who stand up for what they believe, no matter the consequences.” – Anna Funder
Anna is a member of PEN International and is deeply involved with the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), a global network of cities offering safe havens for persecuted writers. This not only rescues that writer from often very dangerous circumstances in their home country, but sends a signal to repressive regimes around the world that attempts to silence free speech will not be successful. Anna’s interest in free speech and free expression is also local - she was a founding supporter of the Sydney Story Factory, established in Redfern, Sydney to support literacy and learning among children.
Anna currently lives in New York City with her husband and three children and is working on her next book.
The winners of the sixth annual Children's Choice Book Awards were announced May 13 at a ceremony in New York City hosted by the Children's Book Council (USA). Book of the Year awards went to:
We’re delighted to share the excellent news that Herman and Rosie has been chosen as the Read Aloud book for National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2013. This year students from every primary and secondary school in Australia will join together at 2pm EST on Wednesday 31 July to read aloud from Herman and Rosie by the talented Gus Gordon as part of a simultaneous nation-wide celebration of literacy. Set in New York, this gorgeous picture book is a story of friendship, of life in the big city, and of what can happen when you follow your dreams.
'Quirky, soulful and alive . . . a book to treasure, like a favourite song.' Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief
For comprehensive Teachers’ Notes: www.penguin.com.au/educationcentre
Gus Gordon is an illustrator and author of more than 70 books for children. His illustrations are acclaimed for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour, and his writing is always anthropomorphic – where animals take the place of humans in the narrative. Gus's first picture book, Wendy, is about a motorcycle-riding stunt chicken and was selected as a Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Book in the 2010 Book of the Year Awards.